Barrington High School Relay for Life raises $74,000

Andrew Lazouras (left) presents a check to organizers of the BHS Relay for Life last weekend. Andrew Lazouras (left) presents a check to organizers of the BHS Relay for Life last weekend.

Andrew Lazouras (left) presents a check to organizers of the BHS Relay for Life last weekend.

Andrew Lazouras (left) presents a check to organizers of the BHS Relay for Life last weekend.

A student-run Relay for Life at Barrington High School raised $74,000 for the American Cancer Society last weekend.

Recent BHS graduate Molly Williams helped organize the relay as part of her senior project. She worked with a number of other students, English teacher Suzanne Pickford, and an instructor from Rocky Silva’s American Karate, Andrew Lazouras. The addition of the karate studio — the martial arts students raised more than $16,000 by selling sponsorships to board-breaking — helped the Barrington High School-run event surpass last year’s record of $56,000.

“The fact that we were able to connect the students’ passion with philanthropic work is significant, not only because of the fund-raising results, but to teach the students the importance of giving back as a life-long lesson,” wrote Mr. Lazouras in a recent e-mail. “We want to thank all of our students, families and friends for their hard work and dedication in making the first annual Kicking Cancer event a massive success; we could not have achieved this wonderful accomplishment without you!”

The event took place on Friday night and Saturday morning, June 14 and 15, at the high school track. Hundreds of people participated in the relay.

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